By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
In baseball like any other sport it hurts to lose a game when you have your opponent on the ropes — the Napa High baseball team found that out Tuesday in their 5-4 loss to Sheldon of Sacramento.
“Yeah, it did,” Napa coach Todd Pridy reflected on how it seemed like his team was going to win. “There was a little bit of leakage there near the end of the game, and I’m going to wear part of this I wanted to attack that guy (Devin Hughes) with an 0-2 count, the guy that flipped the ball into left field and tied the ballgame up. You know I’m not happy to do it, but we ask these guys to take ownership of the team and we’ve got to own what we do and how we go about it. So yeah, was that our game to win, you bet it was, but you let them back in with some miscues and then they got the big hit and I asked our guy to go after him. Again, good ball club, Omar ( Gonzalez) did an amazing job keeping them off balance for five and we’re going to learn from it and we need to apply it as we move forward. This would have been a fantastic win; however, it is a learning opportunity, so we’re all going to all take something from it and we’ll close these ones out next time.”
In the bottom of the second the Indians’ (1-2) scored all their runs. Trent Maher, James Palm, and Omar Gonzalez all reached on singles, and Colton Maher walked to score bring in his younger brother. A Jason Pridy single brought in Palm, and the final two runs came when Nathan Jessell singled and brought in Gonzalez and Colton Maher.
Pridy was happy to see his team execute in the bases loaded situation which was something they didn’t do Friday and Saturday against Benicia.
“It is, it is absolutely,” the coach emphasized as to how cashing in scoring opportunities went on the day. “That was something with the weather yesterday we really didn’t get a chance to work on it, but it was something we wanted to be intentional about. I do think we left some men on base again today.”
The Huskies (2-0) scored their initial run of the day in the top of the third. A walk, single, and double led to their opening run.
In the top of the sixth Sheldon edged closer scoring two runs.
In the top of the seventh a Hughes single tied the game, and the Huskies got one more on a Cortese wild pitch.
Gonzalez who started for Napa got a no decision while going five innings strong and only allowing one run. He struck out seven and walked three.
“Yeah, and not everybody’s going to throw it through a car wash and keep it dry,” Pridy added on his sophomore pitcher. “He did a great job woking in and out, changing speeds, pitching backwards in some counts and I’m real proud of him, he had no idea he was starting when he showed up today, we weren’t sure battling a little bit of illness and I’m not sure (if) he went out there 100%, but he sure gave us 100% and (I) couldn’t be more proud of his effort today.”
Cortese the Indians closer took the loss — he went one inning giving up two runs, but only one of them was earned.
Depending on the weather both teams are scheduled to play games at the end of the week. Napa is scheduled to visit Fairfield to face Vanden Friday at 3:30 p.m., while Sheldon is scheduled to host Wood-Vacaville Saturday morning at 11 a.m.